USCAP: TRAINING AND CURRICULUM TOPICS
USCAP offers a tailored program of support that is implemented in three distinct components. First, members of the USCAP team will explore local resources and conduct an initial interview and consultation with the college or university to understand their existing program and to learn about their unique needs. Then, USCAP will bring in experts to conduct a one-day intensive workshop to train and implement the new program. Finally, follow up and support from US Autism Association, over time, will continue to connect students, faculty, staff and outside resources to meet the needs of college students on the autism spectrum. With this model, the USCAP ultimately creates an opportunity for individuals on the autism spectrum to have a successful college experience and a meaningful and productive transition to the workplace.
Despite adequate cognitive ability for academic success in college, many individuals on the autism spectrum find post secondary education an insurmountable hill to climb. Often gaining admission without ever identifying themselves as individuals with autism/Asperger's Syndrome, these students go unnoticed by their professors until their sensory, social, learning styles and organizational challenges combined with fatigue cause them to fail. Many students affected by autism spectrum disorders never finish college and fewer still transition successfully to the workforce.
The US Autism Association creates an alliance and partnership with the college while the USCAP provides services to make sure that the training program is implemented and remains successful.
The USCAP program bridges services between autism support experts in the community with colleges and universities, and individuals on the spectrum through the recognition of a “recommended by” US Autism Association referral network and includes formal training and consultation services.
While each program is uniquely tailored, a list of the most commonly covered topics follows:
The Autism Spectrum: Continuums of Functioning
Critical Health and Wellness Challenges and Interventions in ASD
Strength and Interest-Based Learning: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities
Networking: Success in College and in Life
The Positive Self-Advocate
Writing and Implementing a Successful Accommodations Plan
Student Mentors: Training Siblings, Friends, Classmates and Significant Others to Support Individuals on the Spectrum
Time for Change: Implementing and Evaluating the New ASD Program
Bridging the Gap: Disability Services and Programs, Professors diagnosed with ASD, students diagnosed with ASD, students services departments, and local community support services
Preparing for the Future: Transitioning to Life After College
ASD Staff and Their Unique Role In Program Implementation
From Education to Implementation: Combining Student and Professor Advocates, Physicians, College Support Staff and Local Community Professionals to Implement the USCAP program
The tailored program will educate college staff, teaching assistants, students, the local community and others on identifying and meeting the needs of college students on the autism spectrum. The goals for this program are to increase awareness about the challenges facing college students on autism spectrum, to increase college graduation rates and to improve successful transitions to the workplace. The specific Measurable Objectives and Learning Outcomes, as well as a detailed curriculum, may be obtained by contacting US Autism Association.